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Old 08-04-2015, 02:47 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by DiapDealer View Post

I frankly don't see any major device/app manufacturer allowing scripts inside ebooks the kind of autonomy that would be requried to make this sort of thing work "silently" -- that is to say without user approval and/or user interaction. There may be security holes in some EPUB3 reading systems that will let people get away with it for a short time, but the outrage generated by things like this--when they hit the news--will close those holes rather quickly.
I wouldn't either but there is a growing trend towards app-locked ebook systems where this kind of monitoring could already be in play. It might be a revenue booster for Scribd and Oyster, for example.

And if it's not in play, it could be.
As for Adobe, I wouldn't be so sure. There was the kerflufle where ADE was scanning ebook libraries and phoning home in the clear.

Publishers want this data: phone-home wasn't added to the epub3 spec by accident. They can't get it from Amazon but others might be more cooperative come negotiation time. They'll keep trying.
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